Ravi Shastri’s appointment as the head coach is the right decision

Giri Subramanian Roar Guru

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    The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) finally broke their silence and announced Ravi Shastri as the Indian team head coach.

    The role is not a new one for Shastri, who held the position of ‘team director’ of the national side from 2014 until 2016. This appointment in a way is good for Indian cricket as Shastri has already worked with Virat Kohli in the past and seemed to have got along well with the captain.

    Ravi Shastri himself is an aggressive individual, and it will be interesting to see the team dynamics when he takes over as the head coach.

    The other interesting appointment came in the way of Rahul Dravid as the team batting consultant. This position has been announced with the caveat that he will be the batting consultant for the Indian team only for the overseas Test matches.

    This is really a strange appointment. Even though it will be a great learning experience for the players to learn from a legend like Rahul Dravid, the limitation in his role might hamper his impact.

    The fact that Rahul Dravid is also the coach of the India A and the under-19 teams makes you wonder as to why he has been offered the role of the batting consultant of the national team as well.

    Zaheer Khan has been appointed as the bowling coach, which is also an interesting selection. Zaheer does not have any coaching pedigree and hasn’t done any coaching at the highest level. He did mentor the bowlers while playing for India and for his IPL side, but coaching a national side is completely a different ball game.

    It will be interesting to see how Zaheer handles this role and how the bowlers respond to him as coach. Zaheer is still an active player and played this season for Delhi Daredevils, so it will be interesting to see if he will continue as a player for his IPL side next season.

    So finally the search for the national coach has come to an end with this appointment. The selection of Shastri seems to have been made on the premise of his working relationship with Virat Kohli in the past. The exit of Anil Kumble and the way it happened might have been the reason for this decision, as there were coaches with better pedigree competing with Ravi Shastri.

    The Cricket Advisory Committee, comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, were not happy the way the exit of Kumble was handled, and that might have been the reason for this quick announcement by BCCI.

    I feel in the current scenario this was probably the right decision for the team. This appointment has ended the two-month controversy, and hopefully the team can now concentrate on the Sri Lankan tour which starts on 26 July.

    Ravi Shastri, Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan will start their coaching stints in Sri Lanka and would be hoping to get off to a winning start in their first assignment.

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    • Roar Rookie

      July 13th 2017 @ 2:56am
      savage said | July 13th 2017 @ 2:56am | ! Report

      Shastri appointment as coach is safe option but i would’ve preferred foreign coach.Looking at Indian coaching history our best coaches have been foreign coach John Wright,Gary kirsten and Duncan fletcher(to some extent).Even our legends like kapil dev and anil kumble have failed to impress sachin and kohli as a coach.Main reason of their failures as coach has been clash of egos between coach and captain.there are less chances of these clashes by having foreign coach.Relation between kohli and shastri may be good now but it can change.India had great option in Tom moody as coach.From what i’ve heard he is one of the best coaches in the world,with lots of experience(with ipl and sri lanka coach).Tom moody would’ve been mine preferred choice.

      • Roar Guru

        July 13th 2017 @ 8:56am
        Giri Subramanian said | July 13th 2017 @ 8:56am | ! Report

        I understand this was a soft decision but after the Kumble fiasco, BCCI probably was reluctant to appoint any foreign coach. Tom Moody obviously is a better coach and would have benefited India in the long run but again this seems like a damage control to make sure that there are no further episodes of rift in the management. Kohli has become too big for BCCI and now BCCI is doing things to keep him happy.

        Also to be really frank, John Wright and Gary Kirsten were only successful foreign coaches for India. Greg Chappell was a disaster and under Duncan Fletcher the Indian team which was number 1 in the world regressed so much that BCCI had to appoint a team director to oversee things. So I don’t think Foreign coach is a solution to our problems.

    • July 13th 2017 @ 7:59am
      Rossy said | July 13th 2017 @ 7:59am | ! Report

      Shastri is a BCCI cheerleader and has basically been put in as a patsy while Kohli runs the show.

      Will be all good unless he grows a spine and wants to have any kind of real influence.

      • Roar Guru

        July 13th 2017 @ 8:58am
        Giri Subramanian said | July 13th 2017 @ 8:58am | ! Report

        Thats exactly the reason for his appointment. BCCI wanting to avoid further controversies have made a soft decision. I guess Kohli will be happy now and will not have any issues with Shastri as they both worked together for 2 years without much drama.

      • July 13th 2017 @ 8:58am
        Chui said | July 13th 2017 @ 8:58am | ! Report

        Look at the positive. You might not have to put up with his sycophantic commentating.

        • Roar Guru

          July 13th 2017 @ 9:10am
          Giri Subramanian said | July 13th 2017 @ 9:10am | ! Report

          That’s correct, we don’t have to see his “tracer bullets” for at least 2 years.

    • Roar Guru

      July 13th 2017 @ 11:03am
      Paul D said | July 13th 2017 @ 11:03am | ! Report

      Team India doesn’t need a coach. The players they have already think they’re the greatest talents to ever pick up a willow, they just need a manager to wrangle all the egos and get them pulling in the right direction. In that sense Shastri is a good appointment.

      • Roar Guru

        July 13th 2017 @ 11:09am
        Giri Subramanian said | July 13th 2017 @ 11:09am | ! Report

        I don’t think there are many egos in the side like it possibly used to be 10 years ago. BCCI is trying to satisfy one person’s ego. Not sure who was at fault in the Kumble fiasco but it is better for BCCI to appoint someone who has been with the side before. Virat and Shastri worked well together for the 2 years when the latter was the team director so that would in back of their minds. If BCCI had thought this way, Shastri would have been retained as the coach after Duncan Fletcher’s contract expired. BCCI do not want the repeat of Kumble episode which is the reason they went safe. I feel Tom Moody would have been a better option as coach but again it might have not been the right decision at this point in time for Indian cricket.

        • Roar Guru

          July 13th 2017 @ 11:13am
          Paul D said | July 13th 2017 @ 11:13am | ! Report

          I think there should be more Indian coaches of India. Particularly at this time. Shastri is a good choice as a man manager.

          Ganguly and Sachin probably had more ego between them but they did a better job of hiding it.

          • Roar Guru

            July 13th 2017 @ 11:28am
            Giri Subramanian said | July 13th 2017 @ 11:28am | ! Report

            Sachin did but Ganguly did not. The Ganguly-Chappell episode was the ugliest in Indian cricket by a long shot. The kumble-Kohli rift seems like been handled efficiently when compared to that. Chappell lost out only because he did not know how to manage those huge egos. He wasn’t a bad coach, his methods were too radical for the Indian team then.

            • Roar Guru

              July 13th 2017 @ 11:37am
              Paul D said | July 13th 2017 @ 11:37am | ! Report

              I always liked Ganguly. He did it his own way and he was the captain India needed to show the world that they were the biggest nation and they weren’t going to be pushed around anymore.

              Greg Chappell was and is a terrible coach because he picks favourites, has pre-conceived ideas of how players should play, is rigid, unyielding – all bad qualities for a coach to have. He treated the Australian team as a development squad for years to the annoyance of all and sundry.

              Ultimately Chappell should have known he couldn’t come in and start calling all the shots and bring about radical upheaval without a lot of pushback. He didn’t have the support. He’s an idealist, not a pragmatist and that’s why he’s never been a good man manager

              • Roar Guru

                July 13th 2017 @ 12:06pm
                Giri Subramanian said | July 13th 2017 @ 12:06pm | ! Report

                I have lots of respect for Ganguly as the captain of the Indian team. He took over the captaincy after the match fixing saga and gave respectability to India. He captained India in a different way to what the fans had seen before. He instilled self belief and was responsible for the aggressive new India we see now. He did have his issues though. Now as a cricket analyst and administrator he seems pretty mellowed down but as a player he was a bit hot headed. He still is by far India’s best test captain and his rift with Chappell was as ugly as it got. Chappell did make lots of changes and was against the older players continuing in the ODI team. The major cause of the rift. His idea was right but the execution was wrong. Yes as you mentioned he wasn’t a good man manager. He took over a team full of stars and he did not manage them well.

                The funny part about all this is that Greg Chappell was heavily recommended by Ganguly as the successor of John Wright. which is kind of ironic as Ganguly led the fight against Greg Chappell couple of years later which led to the latter’s ouster as well.

        • July 13th 2017 @ 12:52pm
          AGordon said | July 13th 2017 @ 12:52pm | ! Report

          The reality is, Shastri’s there to manage one enormous ego – Kohli’s. That’s a full time job by itself.

          • Roar Guru

            July 13th 2017 @ 1:26pm
            Giri Subramanian said | July 13th 2017 @ 1:26pm | ! Report

            Yup the reason for his appointment is that. They do not want a coach who will threaten Kohli’s authority.

    • July 13th 2017 @ 12:47pm
      spruce moose said | July 13th 2017 @ 12:47pm | ! Report

      Shastri is a disastrous option.

      The decision to appoint him smacks of appeasement. Appeasement doesn’t work.

      All they’ve done is install a loud mouth BCCI stooge.

      • Roar Guru

        July 13th 2017 @ 12:55pm
        Paul D said | July 13th 2017 @ 12:55pm | ! Report

        And? That’s their call. If it means team harmony is restored I don’t see it as a bad decision at all. So long as Kohli keeps scoring runs and India keeps winning no-one will care. Winning smooths over an awful lot of issues.

        • July 13th 2017 @ 4:33pm
          spruce moose said | July 13th 2017 @ 4:33pm | ! Report

          It’s restored only until Kohli and Shastri have a disagreement. Then what?

          Secondly, Shastri has shown himself to be embarrassingly uniformed about modern cricket. He’s just appalling to listen to.

          It’s concerning India are happy investing in him to cultivate the future talent.

          • Roar Guru

            July 13th 2017 @ 4:39pm
            Paul D said | July 13th 2017 @ 4:39pm | ! Report

            Shastri gets the sack or resigns? I don’t see how else it ends. They’re not going to sack Kohli and keep Shastri, are they.

            I know it’s fashionable to bag out old tracer bullets but if he really is just a BCCI shill he’s going to have next to no influence over the players and will just be there to be a buffer between the players and the rest of the world. He’s just there to soothe egos and talk to people the players don’t want to talk to, as Giri says, any real technical coaching will be done by the consultants.

      • Roar Guru

        July 13th 2017 @ 1:29pm
        Giri Subramanian said | July 13th 2017 @ 1:29pm | ! Report

        Shastri is the right option. After Kumble’s resignation, Shastri provides that right break for BCCI and India. Kohli and Shastri work well so that will be a plus. Rahul Dravid being in the side for the overseas tours will help India immensely and for the home series we don’t need much of a coach. So Shastri works perfectly in that sense.

    • July 13th 2017 @ 1:36pm
      BrainsTrust said | July 13th 2017 @ 1:36pm | ! Report

      My feeling is that the Kumble Kohli conflict is about things off the field.
      Kohli is noted for his physical condition and IPL has installed a much better physical culture in India.
      Greg Chappell his conflict was based on trying to get a higher level of physical training pre IPL.
      Ganguly the captain on the other hand disliked physical fitness training.
      I don;t think he and Kohli would have had the issues, Kohli would probably train a lot harder than what Chappel was trying to bring in.
      Kumble my feeling is he has tried to bring in curfews of some sort.
      When he resigned he posted a series of words about discipline professionalism etc.
      The other factor was that it wasn;t just Kohl but other members of the team that were complaining about him.
      Kohli while he trains hard he also likes the nightlife and he is not alone in the Indian team on that front.
      The only conclusion is that Kumble tried to restrict the players night life and thats what is caused all these issues.

    • Roar Guru

      July 13th 2017 @ 1:50pm
      Giri Subramanian said | July 13th 2017 @ 1:50pm | ! Report

      To be really frank, when representing the country at the highest level, at least when you are in the middle of a series you are expected to have some discipline. it is not that wrong to expect at least that level of commitment from the players. When they are in their free time or playing in the IPL, the national coach is not going to control them. If that was indeed the reason, BCCI should have actually reprimanded the players who wanted to party during a series, instead of forcing Kumble to resign. I don’t think Kumble will have issues with dinner with friends and family, partying is the one which he may be against.

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